Thursday, June 2, 2011

Economic Self-Flagellation

Though not directly aimed at aviation, Daniel Ikenson's new paper, Economic Self-Flagellation: How U.S. Antidumping Policy Subverts National Export Initiative, Trade Pol'y Analysis, May 31, 2011 (available here), is well worth reading.  From the executive summary:

In January 2010, President Obama announced a goal of doubling U.S. exports in five years. The "National Export Initiative" has since become the centerpiece of the administration's trade policy agenda.

One major oversight of the NEI is its failure to include any sensible reforms to the U.S. antidumping regime. Four out of every five U.S. antidumping measures restrict imports of inputs consumed by downstream U.S. producers in their own production processes. Yet the statute forbids the administering authorities from considering the economic impact of antidumping restrictions on those firms or on the economy at large. Such restrictions raise the costs of production for downstream firms, rendering them less competitive at home and abroad.

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Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Cosmopolitanism Cited

Brian F. Havel and Gabriel S. Sanchez's recent article,“Restoring Global Aviation’s Cosmopolitan Mentalité,” 29 B.U. Int'l L.J. 1 (2011), was cited twice by Judge Nicholas Garaufis of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York in his opinion, European Community v. RJR Nabisco, Inc., 2011 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 51,651 (E.D.N.Y. May 13, 2011).  Readers interested in downloading the article may do so at SSRN here

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Tuesday, May 31, 2011

EU on Slots

A new European Commission study on slot allocations at European Union airports has found that an additional 28 million passengers per year could use EU airports if slots were distributed more efficiently.  See EU Commission: Airports Must Improve Airline Slots, BBC News, May 31, 2011 (available here).  The report calls on EU airports to rely on secondary trading of slots in order to help ensure that they are acquired by airlines which place the highest value on the slots.  In other words, air carriers should be free to sell and/or swap slots among one another without interference or penalties from regulators.

Blog readers interested in learning more about EU slot guidelines and suggestions for improvement may want to download Gabriel S. Sanchez's article, Toward Comprehensive Slot Rule Reform in the EU, 9 Issues in Aviation L. & Pol'y 88 (2009) (available from SSRN here).

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